Sherri Johnson joined us recently as a Premium wedding photographer. Sherri shared some great info and photographs with us in today’s feature article. Learn more about Sherri below!
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Sherri Johnson and I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Los Angeles, California but available to travel anywhere awesome.
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
One of my first jobs in high school was a children’s photographer. I fell in love with the reactions parents gave when I showed them pictures I took of their children. The urge to please people in this way has never left me.
How long have you been a photographer?
A photographer all my life and professionally since the age of 17. I graduated from Northern Illinois University, with a BA and honors in photography. After moving to Los Angeles in 2008 to follow my dream, and have continued my work in the creative field with photography and high end retouching. Most recently, I have starting my own business for wedding and lifestyle photography.
How would you classify your style of photography?
Artistic, vibrant, and fun! I love capturing people happy and in love. I like shooting on location in natural light whenever possible.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
I gather inspiration from all sorts of places including romantic movies, music, and simple designs. Every so often I like to share an inspiration post on my website, as shown below.
1. Photographer: Jose Villa. Amazing film photographer.
2. Music: Florence and the Machine album Lung.
3. Decoration: New furniture set from Urban Home and Anthropologie rug in a floral pattern has transformed my living room to a very creative and serene place. I can’t wait to have clients/friends over to enjoy it. =)
4. Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro lens: A magnificent piece of equipment. I’ve decided to rent it for the weekend to try out some detail shots.
5. Succulents in all shapes, colors, and sizes.
6. All things yellow and gray
Do you have any good wedding stories?
Since I’m still kinda new to the wedding game, I don’t really have lots of stories… but I did shoot a wedding this past July with a neat couple. They’ve know each other for years and planned their wedding in 4 months as the groom was in the military and was being transferred. Over the course of the wedding planning process, I became great friends with the bride. We instantly connected during the consultation and had lots of things in common. I scouted her venue (Annenburg Guesthouse in Santa Monica) a couple days before the wedding to see where I thought she would be getting ready, and I just fell in love with the white walls, large windows, and vintage tiled bathrooms. After telling my bride, she was pretty stoked for the spot. On the day of the wedding, the bride was put into a smaller prep room in the back facing away from the Ocean, not at all what we had visioned for her pictures. The light in that room was not as bright and had a very small window overlooking the parking lot. Had I not scouted the location a couple days prior, we might not have known it was possible to trade rooms. I’m so glad we did because she loves these shots in the bright bridal room:
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
The short answer: I shoot digital with Canon gear. The technical answer is: Canon Bodies: 5D (nice) 7D (awesome) 5DM2 (I gave a kidney for this one) Canon Lenses: 24-70mm f/2.8L (great for portrait and all around lens), 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (aka “the sniper” lens), 50mm 1.4mm (cool for 1-2 person portraits), 100mm 2.8 macro lens (great detail shots), 14mm 2.8L (awesome wide shot, without distortion). I am fully insured for my gear and up to $2 million in liability.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
Take a look around at a couple of different websites looking at the work of a photographer with a critical eye. Looking at composition, emotion, and locations. How are the people in the people feeling in relation to the photographer? Are they looking at the camera? Are they in an awkward pose? Do they look happy? Also, look at where the photographer is taking images. Is it in the studio? Is it outside? How does the lighting look? All these things will help you get an idea of what you might like for your session, and ultimately your personal style for pictures.
After you know what kind of images you like, start getting to know the personality of a photographer you’re interested in. You’ll be spending a bit of time with them on your wedding day, so be sure you pick someone you’ll get along with.
Lastly, don’t ponder too long! Contact your desired photographer ASAP and have a real chat in person or on the phone! Some photographers book dates more than a year in advance, so let them know you’re interested right away!
Any fun personal facts we should know about you? I love horses. I’m addicted to Pandora, Tom shoes, and Burt’s Bees Chapstick. I am also doing the 365 Project. You can see my daily pictures of my life here: http://sherrijphotography.zenfolio.com/sjp365
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, photography, brides, grooms, etc?
I have 5 tips for planning an engagement or lifestyle photoshoot.
1) Choose a location that’s personal
2) Buy a new outfit
3) Plan on shooting during golden hour
4) Bring personal props to make it your own
5) Professional Hair and makeup
More details here: http://sherrijphotography.com/tips-for-planning-your-photoshoot/
Sherri’s Special Offer: I’d love to offer a complimentary engagement book for any couples who book me through SnapKnot! ($500 value). Contact today for availability and more details on albums and fine art prints.
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